Published: 11:30 AM 11/29/2014
Southern visitors are simply better at flying under the radar...
If ET ever came to Southland, he phoned home so quickly no one ever spotted him.
According to figures released under the Official Information Act by the Civil Aviation Authority, no UFO, mystery, or otherwise unknown objects have been reported over Southland air space, including Queenstown Lakes District, Stewart Island, the Catlins area, and Fiordland, between January 1990 and September 2014.
Further to that, only three sightings in the entire South Island have been reported to CAA during that time frame. One at Mt Richmond, Marlborough, on May 20, 2004, when it was reported three red, white, and green lights were spotted on a stationary object, though nothing showed up on radar.
Another on August 8, 2012, also in Marlborough, where the informant saw a fast-moving UFO heading north to south over the coast. Apparently, the object had a very bright white light at the front.
The most recent was in Christchurch only July 5, 2014, when an unidentified object was reported, CAA said.
So, either Marlborough has something more to offer extra terrestrial and unexplained phenomena than Southland, or Southern visitors are simply better at flying under the radar. Pun totally intended.
New Zealand UFO research group UFOCUS tells a slightly more eventful story, with 15 listed UFO sightings this year alone.
Again, mysteriously, these were reported from nearly every other region in New Zealand except Southland - aside from one in Queenstown when an Australian film crew spotted some fast moving objects in May.
So, the question is, what's going on in Southland? Is the truth really out there, somewhere, already here, or nowhere.
The Southland Times